Jordan, a country of fascinating contrasts and unparalleled beauty, has emerged as one of the preferred destinations for the international film industry. Its diverse landscapes, ranging from vast deserts to lush oases, and its rich cultural history have attracted numerous filmmakers over the years.

On the horizon looms a unique opportunity to explore this captivating setting: the upcoming edition of the Shooting Locations Marketplace, to be held on October 15th and 16th, 2024 in Valladolid. Organized by Feria de Valladolid and the Spain Film Commission, this event will bring together location scouts, producers, and filming destinations—both territories and private companies—interested in hosting the filming of movies, series, commercials, and music videos. The event promises to be a crucial meeting point to discover the infinite possibilities that Jordan offers as a cinematic setting and to establish valuable connections within the global audiovisual industry.

The magic of Wadi Rum and Petra

Jordan is a cinematic gem with stunning landscapes and a rich cultural history. Two of its most iconic locations are the Wadi Rum desert and the ancient city of Petra.

Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, is a vast desert of sandstone and granite that has been the backdrop for numerous film productions. This alien landscape has been used to depict Mars in movies like “The Martian” and has appeared in classics like “Lawrence of Arabia”. The unique topography of Wadi Rum, with its red-hued mountains and deep canyons, offers impressive versatility for any film genre, from science fiction to historical dramas.

On the other hand, Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, is an archaeological site that has captured the imagination of filmmakers and tourists alike. Carved into the walls of a sandstone canyon, Petra has served as the backdrop for iconic films like “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. The grandeur of its facades and the mystique of its ancient history provide an incomparable atmosphere for filming epic adventures and historical narratives.


Source: The Royal Film Commission

Incentives and facilities for production

In addition to its impressive landscapes, Jordan offers numerous incentives and facilities for film production, making it an attractive destination for filmmakers. The Jordanian government, through the Royal Film Commission (RFC), provides logistical and financial support to international productions. Benefits include tax incentives and exemptions for temporarily imported filming equipment and materials. The RFC also facilitates filming permits and assists in location scouting, ensuring that productions run smoothly and efficiently.

Another significant advantage is the diversity of locations that Jordan can offer. From the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the historical sites of Petra to the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, Jordan provides a range of natural settings that can accommodate diverse narrative and aesthetic needs.

Jordan not only offers unique and spectacular landscapes but also a conducive environment for film production, thanks to its incentives and the collaboration of the Royal Film Commission. If you’re looking for a location that combines natural beauty, history, and production facilities, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Jordan as your next filming destination at the Shooting Locations Marketplace 2024.